How to Sell eBooks on Shopify in 5 Easy Steps

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eBooks are digital products with almost no overhead, making them great if you want to make money. So, if you’re going to skip over the physical product and trade it for a download link, you’ll need a Shopify store. Below are five steps you can take to sell eBooks on Shopify.

Quick guide

All you need to do is:

  1. Create a digital eBook
  2. Start a Shopify trial
  3. Create your products
  4. Install the Fileflare Digital Downloads Shopify app
  5. Upload your eBooks to Fileflare & then attach them to your Shopify products. This will arm your store to deliver digital downloads once the products are ordered.

Once you have followed these steps, you’re set and ready to deliver eBooks to your customers. If a customer purchases one of your Shopify products, Fileflare will look to see if there are any files attached to the product. If there are, it will send a download email to the customer automatically and instantly.


Step 1: Brainstorm ideas to create an eBook

First, you’ll need ideas for what you will write about. Start with the two primary forms of books:

  • Fiction (fake)
  • Non-fiction (not fake)

Fiction books require creativity and a whole lot of effort. Start by following writing prompts and honing your craft in areas you are interested in. Seek feedback from people who aren’t afraid to hurt your feelings and fellow authors.

To write non-fiction books, you’ll want to do some research and solve problems. You can choose to be the ultimate resource for a topic you have expertise in or learn new crafts to share with the world. Try to stick to narrow issues; go to Reddit to find small communities whose problems you can solve, and focus on communities with at least 100 thousand members. 

Step 2: Create your Shopify Store

shopify app store

Once you’ve got some good eBooks, you’ll want to create a Shopify store.

Still, you’ll want to run through the editor and familiarize yourself with how to make it unique. You’ll wish to use custom graphics to help you stand out from the crowd. 

For logos and designs, you can hire freelancers on Fiverr or Upwork. Otherwise, you might teach yourself how to use Canva.  Try to keep it simple to start with plans to expand down the line.

Step 3: Install the Fileflare Shopify app to your store


Once your store is where you want it, you’ll need a digital downloads app to upload your eBooks.

Shopify doesn’t have an in-built system within the Shopify admin for digital downloads, so they have a Shopify-approved app that you need to install from their app store. Shopify and their expert’s favourite choice is the Fileflare Digital Downloads app.

Why use this app?

Professional speed & automation

Fileflare use top-grade servers from Amazon and Digital Ocean. These deliver the fastest download speeds, so your customer receives their files as fast as possible.

You can also automate the whole process, so you don’t need to fulfil the products yourself. Once an order comes in, the customer will receive their eBooks instantly without needing a human to help them.

Storage & pricing

It’s the ideal way to handle your digital files because its free version offers 2GB of storage. Because most eBooks are tiny, you won’t need to worry about paying for a while. Even when you do, the monthly subscription starts at $5, and it unlocks some awesome features. Just as much as buying a coffee to make your store better.

Brand customization

Downloadable Digital Assets also includes email templates with great customization options. This feature enables you to use your own branding when marketing your digital eBooks. You can completely brand every process of digital delivery so that it makes it look like your store created the system.

It’s even possible to send download emails from your own company email address.

Copyright protection & PDF stamping

This app also gives you protection features to prevent customers from sharing downloads with others. Basically, it gives you copyright protection to stop naughty customers from sharing the files without permission. No other app on the app store has features to do this, not even the Shopify version.

If your eBook is delivered in PDF format, you can even use PDF Stamping to protect it from being shared. This will stamp the customer’s personal email and name onto the pages, and you can lock it so the customer cannot remove them. This means the customer would not want to share with anyone because legal action can be taken against them.

Set IP address limits

This app has made it easy to stop multiple IP addresses from downloading the files. This helps prevent customers from sharing the downloads with others.

100% Deliverability rate

Make sure your files are delivered 100% of the time by delivering them in these four methods:

  1. Via Fileflare’s download email
  2. Via Shopify’s order confirmation email
  3. On the Thank You page
  4. Inside the customer accounts

Shopify Staff Picked

You’ve probably heard this term before in other places, such as Vimeo Staff Pick or similar. It’s where the staff have a favourite and choose specific apps they believe are great and showcase them on their front page. This app has been staff-picked by Shopify themselves!

Step 4: Create products in Shopify, then upload your eBooks

4.1 Create your Shopify products in Shopify

You’ll need to create a new product for each of your eBooks to do this. Find out how to add products to Shopify here. But in short, you can go to:

  1. Your Shopify dashboard
  2. Go to the “Products” page
  3. Click the “Add product” button

Once you have created the products in Shopify, they will automatically be synced to the Fileflare Digital Downloads app product page. Next, you can upload and then attach your eBooks to these products.

4.2 Go to Fileflare > Product page

  1. Go to Fileflare
  2. Click on “Products” in the main navigation
  3. Click on your product that you want to attach files to

4.3 Upload & attach the eBooks to your Shopify products

  1. Click the “Upload new assets” button and upload your files
  2. Now, attach the uploaded files to the Shopify product using the search box selector and “Attach” button

Once the eBooks are attached to the Shopify product, you are armed to deliver your eBooks to your customers. If a customer purchases that Shopify product, the attached files will be sent to your customer. Try placing a test order and see how the process works.

Full video tutorial on how to sell eBooks using Shopify

You can watch the video tutorial below to learn how to install the app, upload your products and be ready to sell. It’s super easy.

Step 5: Grow Your Audience

Your digital content is ready for sale once your downloadable products are listed and finished. You need to make people aware of this offering and grow your audience. 

PPC (Pay per click)

To start, you can use PPC campaigns on sites like Google or Facebook to attract people looking for your book. You might target people who look for “fantasy novels in fiction.” For non-fiction, focus on providing your book as a solution to their questions on Google and Facebook.

Important guides

Make sure to check these guides that the digital downloads team wrote (they know best how to sell digital products):

You can use this to point people to direct sales of your book. You can include thank you cards within the shipment, asking them to spread the word and follow you on Facebook. People find small creators pretty charming.

You can gain new followers who like your style from your social media. Through this, you’ll be able to make a post to boost your sales (instead of paying for advertising). 

Using these steps, you’ll be able to get some significant potential for your Shopify eBook business.

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